Joint Pain Relief: Elderly Turning To Cannabis As Treatment Option

From CBS local dot com

“I never understood why it’s described as stoned,” said Carl Klein. “It makes me feel very fluid, it always has!”

WOODLAND (CBS13) — Cannabis use in California is now piquing the interest of senior citizens. Some cannabis experts say it’s a safer alternative to treat conditions and diseases as we age.

“Now you have the opportunity to choose not only the way in which you want to ingest it but also the effects that you want,” said Danny Kress, a dispensary manager with A Therapeutic Alternative.

Seniors gathered in Woodland on Wednesday for a Yolo County-sponsored crash course all about the different ways to use cannabis. It’s a growing industry that’s catching the attention of more and more Californians, including senior citizens.

“I never understood why it’s described as stoned,” said Carl Klein. “It makes me feel very fluid, it always has!”

“There may be a lot of uses for it that I don’t know anything about,” said Rita Kritch.

According to a Yahoo News/Marist poll, 52% of marijuana users are millennials. But the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found the number of marijuana users over the age of 65 rose 250 percent between 2006 and 2013.

“I just think it opens everybody up!” Klein said.

And now that recreational and medical marijuana are legal in the Golden state, Dispensary Manager Danny Kress said he’s focused on helping seniors make sense of how to use it.

“As availability of cannabis medicine increases, we want to do our best to limit any negative effects someone might have by just simply not getting the education that might be required,” he told CBS13.

At a Yolo County sponsored event, Kress explained to the group of seniors the difference between cannabinoids THC and CBD. THC is the part that causes euphoria and CBD is the non-intoxicating part used to treat seizures, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

“Most are coming in for sleep or pain or inflammation or something like that,” Kress said.

But the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington has concerns. Their research shows habitual marijuana smoking linked to chronic bronchitis. And that cannabis use can affect heart rate and blood flow to the heart.

“I’m a 60-year user, I’ve had actually no ill effects!” Klein said.

Still, Kress said marijuana is a safer alternative to opioids, which can be addictive.

“Always suggest starting off very, very slow, start with things like topicals, tincture,” Kress said. “Generally start with very high CBD, lower THC.”

If you’re still on the fence, the best thing seniors can do is to take your questions to your doctor or a well-researched dispensary.

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In passing laws to make marijuana fully legal, state lawmakers inadvertently derailed the pipeline that has been operating for years to donate marijuana to sick people in need. Existing compassionate care programs led by both commercial and nonprofit organizations can’t operate in the new climate because there is no way to officially license their services, and, even if so, they’d still be subject to taxes so high many operations would have to fold.

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Help STOP Grassley’s anti-CBD “Hemp Farming Act” Amendment

From US Hemp Roundtable

American farmers, small businesspeople and consumers have enthusiastically embraced the recent introduction of The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 which would permanently legalize hemp. Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and a bi-partisan array of supporters, including Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the Hemp Farming Act has been attached to the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill, which is expected to become law this year.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) filed an amendment to the Farm Bill that would devastate the industry’s efforts to promote full legalization of hemp and hemp products.  Specifically, Grassley’s amendment would explicitly exclude “cannabinoids,” “extracts” and “derivatives” from the definition of hemp.  This could mean that popular products such as hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) may be treated by the DEA as a Schedule 1 controlled substance – akin to heroin.

 

Fortunately, after thousands of calls, emails and social media posts by Hemp Supporters across the country, Washington listened, and the Farm Bill was passed by the committee without even voting on the Grassley Amendment. However, Sen. Grassley indicated that he wants to continue the discussion, so we need to be vigilant.  We still need you to contact your Senators to resist any future attempt to amend the Farm Bill with Sen. Grassley’s language, or anything similar.

Go here for the original article and to easily send an email to your Senator

 

Researcher: A Puff a Day Could Keep Alzheimer’s Away

‘My Research Shows If You Use Cannabis In Low Doses In Your 40s And 50s, You Probably Don’t Get Alzheimer’s’: Dr. Gary Wenk

 

It may be time to talk to your parents about marijuana. Smoking it every day could save their lives, according to Dr. Gary Wenk – a researcher at Ohio State University who has been studying the effects of cannabis on the human brain and made some astounding discoveries. One of his biggest findings is that when healthy middle-aged people use it daily and in low doses, it drastically reduces the likelihood that they will develop Alzheimer’s later in life.

In studies done on mice, Wenk found that prevention of the disease could be attained with a dose as low as the equivalent of one puff a day of cannabis. But before you get your wheels spinning with visions of mice passing around crumb-sized joints, we should clarify that smoke was not actually administered to them in this experiment. One reason for this, said Wenk, is that, well, mice would find that process less than chill.

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FDA logic. Still trust them?

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“The truth can sting a tad. These are the prescribing regulations: “For Opioid-tolerant pediatric patients 11 years of age and older who are already receiving and tolerate a minimum daily opioid dose of at least 20 mg oxycodone orally or its equivalent.” “- Dr David Bearman LinkdIn Post

Your next thought might be… who runs the FDA, anyway?

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